Questions tagged [magical-creatures]

Refers to the large group of creatures based in magic in mythology, fantasy, and science fiction, such as elves, dwarves, and unicorns. Not to be confused with aliens.

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What creature is this? (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)

The following quote is from an answer for the question 'What are all the magical creatures/Beasts in Newt Scamander's suitcase?' in the Movies & TV SE: Newt is seen bottle-feeding a ...
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What beasts does Newt Scamander have in his trunk?

In the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, Newt Scamander's trunk houses a lot of different magical beasts. I have recognized the following creatures from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to ...
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Why is Aragog suddenly smaller in Half-Blood Prince?

In the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (HP2) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (HP6), there seems to be a drastic size difference in the portrayal of Aragog, ...
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From whence comes Tolkien's history of the Mûmak (Oliphaunt) and its demise?

It is rather clear from the prologue to The Fellowship of the Ring, specifically the "Note on the Shire Records," that the Lord of the Rings account of the third age comes from information primarily ...
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Supernaturally Smooth Riding: A dream or the reality of Shadowfax's power?

At the end of Book III, chapter 11: "The Palantír," in The Two Towers, Tolkien narrates the following (bold added):     [Gandalf speaking:] 'Away now, Shadowfax! Run, greatheart,...
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What else do we know about Augureys

in The Cursed Child a magical creature called the Augurey is used as an important symbol. (I'm talking here about the bird itself, not the character who becomes identified with it). We get a brief ...
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Why don't Muggles have to de-gnomify their gardens?

The question "Why do the Weasleys have to de-gnome the garden at the Burrow?" is focused on why magic isn't used to get rid of garden gnomes. I've begun to wonder why muggles don't deal with gnomes. ...
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Why did Dumbledore appoint Hagrid as professor of Care of Magical Creatures?

Concerning magical creatures Hagrid's expertise is evident, but his judgement is impaired. He also has a quick temper and when angered, can assault people, which makes him less than perfect teacher ...
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Why do Wizards look like this? [duplicate]

If I hear the word "magician" I think most immediately of an old man in a dark robe. He wears a pointy hat. Sometimes with stars and moons. Also this is what you get when you type "wizard" into your ...
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In the Dresden Files, why does Nicodemus Archleone find Mouse so startling/threatening?

The Setup Nicodemus is a fearless sociopath with millenia of accumulated knowledge, a nearly flawless dueling record, and the support of Anduriel, who can suppress magic at will, gain situational ...
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Are heliopaths a figment of Luna's imagination?

In OotP Luna Lovegood claimed the Minister of Magic had a secret army of fire spirits called heliopaths. The fact that Luna spoke of such beings in itself is seen by others as reason enough to doubt ...
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How do Basilisk eyes actually work?

I asked a question here, in which @Scanner (CREDIT TO THEM) pointed out that there was a fundamental part of the question that was missing. How does a Basilisk kill with its eyes? Does it sever the ...
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Are there any male Veela?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire it is clear that the Veela strongly affect boys: And as the veela danced faster and faster, wild, half-formed thoughts started chasing through Harry's dazed ...
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What are the differences between a ghoul, a ghost and a poltergeist?

In the world of Harry Potter, there seems to be a distinction between a ghoul, a ghost and poltergeist. My understanding is that a ghost is an imprint of a dead wizard, so what are the others and are ...
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Why are Thestrals not a threat to humans?

Despite being predators and carnivorous, JK writes that Thestrals are not in any way threatening to humans and can be domesticated. My problem with this is, not all Thestrals are domesticated and as ...
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Which novel has the earliest appearance of the consumption of monsters as food?

I came across people talking about adventurers eating the monsters that they hunt, so I was wondering: "What is the earliest appearance of adventurers eating weird food made from the remains of the ...
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Who controls the Watcher in the Water?

In the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, there is a kraken-like creature found in lake front of the gates of Moria, both mentioned in the book and shown in the movies. What I want to ...
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Why didn't Dr. Pretorius die?

In the '80s movie From Beyond, scientists create a resonator that allows them to see creatures from an alternate reality. In the opening scene, the sadistic Dr. Pretorius is beheaded by a strange ...
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Fantasy book with shape shifting dragon warriors

Set in a fantasy world with shape shifting Dragon kings and their warriors. They terrorize the humans, and kill those with magic. The protagonist is the great-grandson of a powerful warlock. He ...
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How did Jimmy end up with Freddy the magic flute?

As any Saturday Morning Cartoons fan from the late 60's and early 70's can tell you, H.R. Pufnstuf was quite an adventure. Live action, puppets, dancing trees, good vs. evil. The story goes something ...
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Teen Wolf universe Werewolf Strength

I have Just started Teen wolf and got to wondering What is the strength level of Werewolves in The Teen Wolf Universe? What feats of strengths have been shown?
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How strong are vampires in The Vampire Diaries?

What is the strength level of vampires in The Vampire Diaries universe? What feats of strengths have been shown?
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Woman who gets trained by a soldier; dead soldier returns as a ghost; bird/raven people

I am writing in hope that someone might be able to recognize a book series that I read some years ago. Can't find anything that resembles my memories of it. From what I recall it contains a strong ...
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What's the first appearance of Elves capable of shadow-melding in fantasy?

Everyone who has played either Warcraft III or World of Warcraft knows that Night Elves have the magic ability to melt away into the shadows of the night, a power known as shadowmeld. According to the ...
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Ocean-themed fantasy trilogy: girl goes through a portal in her father's workshop, searches for her mermaid(?) mother there

The only things I remember about this book was it was about a brother and a sister (although I want to say more about the sister) and they were at a fair or carnival with their dad who raised them ...
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Is it ever explained why Harry has to cage Hedwig when he travels?

Doesn't this seem extremely unnecessary? Hedwig is an Wizarding Owl, she can fly and can travel wherever needed with minimal instruction. Hedwig in particular is very loyal and intelligent. There are ...
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Could a muggle see a thestral?

As we learn in the books: “The only people who can see thestrals,” [Luna] said, “are people who have seen death.” — Order of the Phoenix, chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake) Muggles see, and ...
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Will seeing a Muggle death allow one to see Thestrals?

Will seeing a Muggle death allow one to see Thestrals? Can anyone provide canon examples either way?
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How would a Boggart represent Fear of Feelings and Sensations or States of Being?

This question, Are boggarts able to take the form of abstract fears? mentions that Boggarts are stated to be able to "take the shape of whatever it thinks will frighten us most." We know that a ...
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What shape would a boggart take if a person doesn't fear anything?

Rereading the Prisoner of Azkaban, this interesting question(at least to me) popped in my head. What shape would a boggart take if a person is never depressed about anything, has no evil memories ...
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Why wasn't Fawkes killed when it attacked the Basilisk? [duplicate]

In Chamber of Secret Fawkes pecks out the Basilisk's eyes, thus preventing its gaze from killing Harry. But Fawkes wouldn't be able to close his eyes because he need to aim where the Basilisk eyes are ...
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Why was the memory of Tom Riddle not killed by the Basilisk's glare?

Why was the memory of Tom Riddle not killed by the basilisk's glare? Even as a memory/horcrux, he is able to perform magic, and hence shouldn't he be affected by magic, magical objects and beasts too? ...
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Do goblins have the ability to build printing presses or projectors?

We know that the Daily Prophet is a wizarding newspaper based in London. It is the primary source of news for British wizards. How did they print newspapers? Goblins are very capable metal smiths. ...
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Why do unicorn prefer a woman's touch to a man's?

In Goblet of Fire, Professor Grubbly-Plank indicates that unicorns prefer a woman's touch to a man's: “Boys keep back!” barked Professor Grubbly-Plank, throwing out an arm and catching Harry hard ...
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Would a boggart-basilisk kill someone? [duplicate]

If a boggart appeared to someone as a basilisk, would direct contact with its eyes kill that person?
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Did Hagrid breed the blast-ended skrewt?

When answering this, I ran across this tidbit, which was quite interesting but, sadly, un-cited: The Blast-Ended Skrewt is a hybrid creature bred by Rubeus Hagrid in the autumn of 1994, by crossing ...
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Does Rubeus Hagrid know about non-monster Animals?

Let's pretend we have a magical LinkedIn. I friended Rubeus Hagrid, and next day, as LinkedIn typically does, it sends me a spam... err... polite request to endorse Hagrid's skills: Does Rubeus ...
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Do adult witches and wizards retain their familiars once they graduate Hogwarts?

I don't recall any mention of an adult character in Harry Potter owning a familiar/pet (aside from family owls for SMS-ing) the way every Hogwarts schoolchild does. The only example I recall of what ...
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Where did the griffins go in Phaze?

In the Apprentice Adept series, book 1, Split Infinity, chapter 14, when Stile is attempting to escape from the Yellow Adept we read this. There were cages all around. It resembled an archaic zoo. ...
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90s novel: wood nymph (similar to an otik) who becomes a scientist

I am trying to hunt down a book I read in the 90s, but lost some time ago. It starts with some children wandering in a wood, and they encounter a wood nymph creature that starts following them around. ...
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Why aren’t Hinkypunks and Kappas in Care of Magical Creatures?

What are the conditions for certain animals/beasts/creatures being included in Care of Magical Creatures classes? We see most of the animals in C.o.M.C seem docile and unlikely to attack humans or ...
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What is the first appearance of a Lich in fantasy literature?

What is the first appearance of a Lich in fantasy literature? I will accepts answers pointing to myths ans sagas and such as well. Edit: For clarity, I'm asking about Liches as defined by Wikipedia: ...
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Did Fantus die during the destruction of Krondor during the Serpentwar Saga?

In the earlier novels, Fantus is attached to William. William died during the destruction of Krondor, but I don't recall whether Fantus was ever mentioned again.
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Book about a girl who talks to a tree (or boulder) and finds golden door

I'm looking for an old fantasy book. A woman/girl moves into new house and odd things happen that actually the tree or boulder in backyard is responsible for. The girl and the tree form a bond/...
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Do standard definitions exist for dragon, drake, wyrm and wyvern?

In many different books including Dragonlance, Tales from the Sword Coast, Magic: The Gathering and other similar fantasy series, I've seen references to dragons, drakes, wyrms and wyvern (which may ...
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Is it possible to suffer from frostbite and sunburn simultaneously? [closed]

In the most recent episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Rarity makes the amusing claim that she has given the townsfolk both frostbite and sunburn both in rapid succession, due to her poor ...
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What five creatures were sacrificed in Barb & J.C. Hendee's Sister of the Dead?

In the book Sister of the Dead, Leesil, Magiere & Wynn find a tomb of sorts where a sacrifice took place many years ago. The skeletons of some unknown creatures are found amongst that of a man, ...
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How old is Treebeard?

We know for certain (from Gandalf) that Treebeard the Ent is the oldest living creature on Middle Earth: "Treebeard is Fangorn, the guardian of the forest; he is the oldest of the Ents, the oldest ...
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What is a hag in Harry Potter?

In the Harry Potter books, there are a number of mentions of "hags": "They say [Quirrell] met vampires in the black forest, and there was a nasty bit o' trouble with a hag." Hagrid, The ...
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Is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them an exhaustive list of magical animals in the Harry Potter world?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a pseudo in-universe book describing magical animals from the Harry Potter world. Is it an exhaustive list though? Do other creatures exist that don't ...